SMEPPProject reference: 033563
Funded under: FP6-IST
Secure Middleware for embedded peer to Peer Systems
Total cost:EUR 4 455 145
EU contribution:EUR 2 899 167
Topic(s):IST-2005-2.5.3 - Embedded systems
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
Embedded Peer-to-Peer Systems (EP2P) represent a new challenge in the development of software for distributed systems. These systems have brought about an important revolution in distributed computing paradigms, now that the roles of client and server, which are the basis of the most widely used distributed computation models, are disappearing. The new scenario consists of systems in which all the elements of the network are symmetrical and in most cases, the mechanisms of communication are not based on pre-existing infrastructures, but rather on dynamic ad-hoc networks among peers. At the same time, the recent technological advances in short distance wireless communications have opened up new areas of application which represent an important technological challenge. In addition, these systems are extremely vulnerable against any type of internal or external attacks, due to resource constraints, lack of tamper-resistant packaging, and the nature of open and public communication channels.
One of the keys in the success of these systems is the possibility to abstract all these problems by means of convenient middleware. This middleware should hide the complexity of the underlying infrastructure while providing open interfaces to third parties for application development. The development of such a middleware is challenging, since besides the disappearance of the roles of client and server, other critical requirements appear, which have to be supported by these infrastructures (mobility, new security problems, discovery and localization protocols, new quality of software criteria, etc). The main objective of this project is to develop a new secure and generic middleware, based on a new network centric abstract model for EP2P systems. Its suitability will be demonstrated by the development of two real-life applications in the domains of Enviromental Monitoring in Industrial Plants and Mobile Telephony.
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